That is, if there still is anyone out there!
I realize I’ve been gone for a while. And so many things have changed since I’ve been gone. Even as I opened my blog this morning to sit down and finally write something, I find that I’ve missed it. I’ve missed putting my thoughts down on paper, er… the internet. I’ve missed connecting with the people I’ve met through this blog and social media over the past 6 years (say what?! Yep, 6 years. And it actually kinda feels a little good.
Let me catch you up for a second.
When we got home from France in June of 2015 and begun our life in America, this blog was my job. It was fun and thankfully, I also made an income from it. Then I added more jobs and more jobs until it all could properly support my family. I coached volleyball, was a substitute teacher, did hair for weddings, and did this blog. It was a lot. To say the least. I enjoyed it, but it got quite stressful.
Fast forward a year later and I had been doing all this for a year, our little family was living with my parents, looking for somewhere to call our own, and surviving. My husband was working on moving into his next career since he retired from basketball when we came home. I was maxed out, in over my head, and life was tough. Blogging became a job, not a joy, and it was so hard to keep going.
But God is faithful always, and even though we don’t always know if or when there will be relief (it might not be on this side of heaven!), he was so kind to give it to us. Why? Because he loves me. Us. Not at all because I/we earned any of it. What a good God we have.
Things started to look up the summer of 2016. I think I was still blogging at this time. So much has happened since my last post which was…. January 17, 2017. About a year! Here’s what’s been up with us since then.
My husband became a Ventura County Firefighter. You might have seen that on my Instagram. Yes, he was at the Thomas fire recently – the biggest fire ever in California. He was gone for 15 out of 16 days leading up to Christmas. It was tough, but he came home.
We bought a house! Eli is sitting in front of it in this picture. In July of this year we bought a house and it feels sooo goood to own! We are slowly but surely making it our own and we are just getting done painting the exterior! I can’t wait to show you guys, I’m in love with it!
We decided late July to homeschool our boys! I tend not to think through things too much and just make the jump. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But can I just say that I love it? My boys love it, my husband actually likes it, and it’s worked great for our family. I’ll have to write more about that soon.
We got a puppy! Our kids have wanted a puppy forEVA and we had to continue to say no, over and over again, because life circumstances just weren’t where they needed to be for us to own a dog. Hello – traveling back and fourth to Europe? Living with my parents? Not easy with a pup! Well, for Christmas, that’s what they wanted and we told them “You know you will get nothing else except a dog, if that’s what we get?” The agreed that that was okay. I made sure they understood – NOTHING else. So they got a puppy and nothing else! What an easy Christmas it was.
If you follow my on Instagram, you might notice this is a different puppy. That’s another story for another day. Did I mention it’s been a reaaaaly long December?
Her name is Storm – which is two-fold. My kids love super heroes and Storm is part of the X-Men. The boys’ favorite super hero is Black Panther, whose name is Tchalla, but since we had a girl puppy, they chose Storm because she marries Tchalla in the Marvel comics. Second part is that she was rescued with her mother, brothers, and sisters from Houston after Hurricane Harvey. So she literally came out of a storm! So appropriate, right?!
I cut my hair! It’s short. I’m in the middle of a hair crisis right now, I’ll write more about that later, but I love the cut!
Okay, so if I continued to update, this would go on and on. I am going to stop here for now. Here’s the deal. I stopped blogging because I felt immense pressure to blog as a job. It was hard and not fun anymore. So now, I’m going to start again, but on my terms. I am going to write because I want to, about things I want to write about and people can read or not read, I’m okay with either. I love the relationships I’ve made over the years doing this, and I’m going to stick to the blogging parts I enjoy. Hang around for the ride!